Lemon Coconut Nectar

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Coconuts and lemons are two of my favorite foods. They taste amazing in recipes, are incredible versatile, and of course, they’re super healthy.

I use lemons and limes daily in my juices, smoothies and salads. Coconut I enjoy in many ways, but my very favorite is to have the meat and water from a young coconut blended together.

Recently I tried a variation on this classic favorite, resulting in this deliciously creamy and simple recipe I have to share with you today. Trust me, it is hard to not guzzle this one down!

Before I share the recipe, here’s a few fun facts about coconut water and lemon, so you feel extra good while drinking it!

Coconut water is a mildly sweet, refreshing juice that’s packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese. It is one of the highest sources of electrolytes and quenches thirst often better than regular water. Coconut water supports digestion, metabolism, the immune system, cardiovascular and kidney health and much more. It’s a fantastic drink for anyone who is very active, unwell or dehydrated, but really is great for everyone!

Lemon juice is highly alkalizing in the body, despite being classed as an acidic fruit due to its taste. Lemon is a wonderful detoxifier, and contains incredible antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and B vitamins, as well as many minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, copper, and potassium. Lemons help to eradicate putrefactive bacteria in the mouth and intestines, helping to alleviate excess gas, indigestion and constipation. The limonene in lemon also helps to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight cancer.

Now that you’re really convinced as to the health benefits of this simple recipe, here’s how to pull it together…

Lemon Coconut Nectar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup young coconut meat
  • 3 cups coconut water
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (use less or more as desired)

Directions:

  1. Blend the coconut water and meat together until smooth.
  2. Strain through a nut milk bag, piece of cheesecloth or very fine mesh strainer.
  3. Add the vanilla and lemon juice to the milk. Blend again and taste. Adjust the lemon to your preference.

Feel free to play with this as much as you like. try adding other fruits, lime juice, cinnamon, cayenne, raw honey, mature coconut flakes, chia seeds…whatever you fancy. This is a great base recipe to enjoy alone or with your own flair.

What’s your favorite healthy way to enjoy coconut? Share in the comments below and Share and Like this recipe if you dig it. 

By Casey on August 19, 2014 : (Read more from Casey)

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